An inaugural event in Vestavia Hills Oct. 1 raised more than $30,000 for a project honoring a Spain Park High School graduate who passed away at age 21.
Piggly Wiggly hosted its first Wine Showcase to benefit the Daniel Project, a mission of the Paul Meyers Foundation. The project honors Daniel Naim Ajlouny, who died from a heart condition in October 2007.
Guests at the event at the Vestavia Country Club could sample more than 100 fine wines and local craft beers. The beverages were paired with farm-fresh appetizers prepared by local vendors.
Music for the event was provided by the Mark Kimerell Engine band, which serenaded the crowd with jazz favorites.
The Daniel Project was started by Daniel’s parents, Pamela and Basim Ajlouny, to further educate physicians on the heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Money raised at the wine showcase event will help fund a private luncheon for the Birmingham medical community on Nov. 7.
Those attending included Chris Ajlouny, Issa Ajlouny, Naseem Ajlouny, Norma Ajlouny, Pamela Ajlouny, Victor Ajlouny, Samar Bahna, Chris Baroody, Sharon Baroody, Stephen Barth, Coker Barton, Brian Bateh, Tod Bigelow, Stephen Bottoms, Michael Bruno, David Bullard, Danelle Cash, Kyle Chambers, Aravind Chodavarapu, Sandy Clark and Kari Clements.
Also spotted at the fundraiser were Wes Cline, John Comer, Ronald Cook, Judy Craft, James Cunningham, Alan Curtis, Joan Curtis, Rima Deep, Kim Dewan, Jerry Dichiara, Peter Dichiara, Kurt Dinga, Robert Dod, Bruce Downs, George Duren, Christina Duval, Janan Farhat, John Fortenberry, Preston Fussell, Patti Giambrone, Doris Gibson, Walt Graham, Cathie Groover, David Gulledge, Rachael Haddad, Peter Harb, Connie Harrell, Fred and Ann Hassan, Brian Herr, David Hopper, Dan Hudson, Debra Hughes, Joe Hynes and Regina Jones.
Others mingling at the Vestavia Country Club during the event were Steven Kabase, Connie Kanakis, Katherine Kendrick, Jenny Kirby, Nancy Klopman, Mary Laird, Jenifer Lakotich, Blaise Lanzi, Chris Lewis, Chris Lovelady, Anju Lynn, Milton Magnus, Ronald Marshall, Bob Mathews, Charles McCallum, Kimberly McGowan, Joe Medori, Dawn Metcalf, Mark Mizerany, Charles Morris, Keith Morris, Rusty and Anne Moulton, Meredith Nichols, Charles Noto, Louise Noto, Jacque Oswell and Brian Pflaum.
Guests attending the inaugural fundraiser also included Anupama Piduru, Joseph Pizzitola, Mary Pizzitola, Seth Poole, David Quinn, Betsy Richardson, Phyllis Ripple, Joseph Ritchey, Mary Jo Ritchey, Nicholas Ritchey, Jason Russell, Betsy and Charlie Saab, Norman Saia, Paul Saia, George Salem, Rose Sarris, Russell Selevan, Lana Shoultz, Tanya Shunnarah, Abraham Shunnarah, David Shunnarah, Kenny Shunnarah, Victoria Shunnarah, Phyllis Simpson, Kerry Sims, Mary Sims, Denise Slupe, Milton Smith, Alan Spain, M.P. Spina and Ron Stanfa.
Other guests included John Stanton, Gary Stidham, Leeba Strong, Anne Strozier, Patrick Sullivan, Melanie Thomas, Deedra Thornton, Terrance Troup, Chris Vacarella, Andrew Virciglio, Stanley Virciglio, Tina Visintainer, Wa Visintainer, Steve Voorhees, Jan Walsh, Jennifer Weigant, David Whatley, Bonnie Williams, Miller Williams, Cynthia Wood, Karen Wood, Larry Woodward and Charles Yeates.
For more information on the Daniel Project or the Paul Meyers Foundation, visit www.paulmeyersfoundation.com.